Comment on: Revalidation and its role in supporting nurses
Thank you anonymous 10:33 for your comment. I would like to echo Fran's comment above that this is entirely my own viewpoint and is based on personal conversations between myself and others in the profession and is therefore purely anecdotal.
I wrote this piece in an attempt to continue to raise awareness of revalidation among the nursing profession and promote discussion.
As I detailed in my piece, I was initially recalcitrant about starting the process. But having navigated the NMC website, and finding the process easy to access and engage with, I wanted to reassure my colleagues that it is a painless process and quite similar in some respects to PREP.
I feel quite fortunate that the organisations in which I work are forward thinking and proactive in implementing new ideas. My Trust has good leadership and strategies in place to support nurses in their revalidation journey. I realise, however, that this may not be the case in other areas. My personal opinion is that we need to create an open dialogue so nurses can engage and pose questions about the process.
I too trained in the 80s but studied for a degree and now doing a MSc.
Nursing has changed and developed as a profession over the years. I think your points are valid, maybe we should look at ways to include the people who can't aspire to academic heights yet still have a love of the job and want to care.
I wonder if we will go full circle and have a 2 tier system again as in the days of SRN/SEN?
I always try to build a lasting relationships with my students who know they can always contact me for help even when they have left the placement.
Its important we encourage, support and thank them as they are our future.
We have come such a long way as a profession and should be proud that we have dynamic, inspirational and promising young people coming through who could choose any other health care profession.
We need to let them know they are appreciated.
I've heard that story many, many times too, first time on my 1st ward back in 1984!
I have heard about the imprinting method and seen dentures with this on but there is some evidence to suggest it may encourage debris to collect and cause bacterial infections, see here... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3125953/
Comment on: Wishing I was a student nurse now
I trained 30 years ago and it was very much learning by copying people without understanding the reasons why. I see marvellous young people coming through almost on a daily basis with such passion and enthusiasm for the job its refreshing to know the future of nursing is in safe hands.
Its up to us 'oldies' to make sure we support them and give them help to develop into excellent staff nurses. As for the comments about degree nurses being 'too posh to wash', I have never found this and we are lucky that the profession has matured into a degree level profession. Its better for the patients and its better for us, we should be proud of what has been achieved over the last 30 years, I know I am.